Overview

The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2007 to support Arab States and communities build their resilience to disasters. ROAS partners for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with key regional intergovernmental organizations including the League of Arab States and its technical regional organizations.

ROAS promotes linkages and coordination at regional level with civil society networks, expert technical groups, the media and UN and international organizations to build awareness and knowledge of contextual risks and to collaborate around risk reduction activities.

UNDRR’s regional efforts help to improve the relevance and understanding of DRR in the region and promote the integration of risk reduction in regional and national policies and plans such as on climate change adaptation, sustainable development, urban development and city planning.

Contact us

UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
14 Road 280, Off Laselky Street, Corner of Mashreq Bank
New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt 

Phone: +2 (02) 25229166
Fax: +2 (02) 25164918

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales National Platform +213 21732340 COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector Sendai Framework +20 2 27929292 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Iraq Ministry of Environment (Iraq) Sendai Framework +964 18852569 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan National Center for Security and Crisis Management National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence Sendai Framework +96 265681992 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan Supreme Council of Civil Defence, General Directorate of Civil Defence Disaster Management Sendai Framework +962 775444907 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Kuwait Kuwait Fire Service Directorate Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lebanon Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Lebanon) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable National Platform +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of General Directorate of Civil Defense, Ministry of the Interior Sendai Framework +972 2 2950131 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of National Centre for Disaster Risk Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Saudi Arabia civil defense - civilian protection- emergency planning Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +216 70 243 800 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
United Arab Emirates National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Yemen Environment protection Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

Rohingya volunteers are raising awareness of the COVID-10 and cyclone threat for 900,000 refugees in the Cox's Bazaar area of Bangladesh
GENEVA - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing enormous hardship for millions of migrants and displaced who need to be included in both response and economic mitigation measures being put in place across Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster-affected
A man riding a NYC subway
GENEVA - Critical asset management was hailed today as the “forgotten hero” of disaster management in a wide-ranging online discussion of urban resilience which reached an audience of 1,200 health specialists, policymakers and disaster managers from 124
Poster for the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
GENEVA - COVID-19 has led to an explosion of domestic violence, a UNDRR-hosted webinar for 1,129 participants heard today. Domestic violence against women and children is now a major concern as lockdowns and isolation measures restrict freedom of movement
Older persons must be empowered in the fight against COVID-19
GENEVA - There is concern in the world’s most disaster-affected region, Asia-Pacific, about the risk of discrimination and stigma against older persons and any dilution of their needs in response plans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate. “We
WHO dashboard for COVID-19
GENEVA - A serious shortage of medical resources was one of the main challenges which China had to overcome to stabilize the COVID19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei, where a mortality rate of 4.7% was recorded compared with 0.9% in the country’s 30 other
Dr. Wang-Jun Lee and colleagues at today's webinar on COVID-19
GENEVA, 25 March, 2020 - Trace, test and treat. That sums up the strategy pursued by the Republic of Korea since it detected its first case of COVID-19 on January 20 and its first death on February 20, without imposing a lockdown. The country has managed
Mami Message Pic to WAM @ WUF10.jpg
ABU DHABI, 10th February, 2020 (WAM) -- The rapid urbanisation of Gulf countries in recent decades has highlighted the urgent need for urban risk management to be understood and put into practice, said a UN official. Mami Mizutori, UN Special
UNDRR officials recived by NCEMA DG
ABU DHABI, 12th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Obaid Rashid Al Hassan Al Shamsi, Director-General of the National Crisis an Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, received Mami Mizutori, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for
Participants at a workshop organised by UNDRR and ICLEI for cyclone affected cities in Africa
NAIROBI, 17 February, 2020 - Six cyclone-affected cities in southern Africa are joining together to develop the so-called Fortitude Initiative to build their resilience to the climate emergency following last year’s catastrophic South-West Indian Ocean
World Urban Forum High-Level Dialogue 2: Implementing the New Urban Agenda to drive Sustainable Change 10 February 2020, 9:00-12:00 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster
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Publications

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström’s view on the implementation plan and governance model for the Global Framework for Climate Services; (ii) disaster trends

This paper discusses a project in the Arab region aimed at enabling national and regional institutions to develop system wide capacities to monitor, archive and disseminate data on key hazards and vulnerabilities, and periodically assess emerging risk

This disaster preparedness guide provides general information to help general public prepare for natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, land slides, storms, floods and fires. The booklet gives a brief orientation on what to do before, during

This document reports on the workshop titled 'Is your City Ready?' held on February 7th 2012 at An-Najah National University and organized as part of a series of programs that aim to raise the public awareness regarding disaster risk reduction and build a

This guidance note shares 'live lessons' learnt - told through first-person stories - that contribute to disaster preparedness, mitigation, and a recovery that builds back better. It asserts that telling live lessons have great value as a way to create

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

This report addresses drought, which is considered the major disaster occurring in the Arab region, where the total people affected between the years 1970-2009 by drought is of about 38.09 million. The report focuses on Syria, considered one of the most

This monthly newsletter aims to highlight UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the new global risk model planned by UNISDR and partners; (ii) Myanmar commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action; (iii) Turkish quake highlighting

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programmes missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines, as

This document is the report of a workshop where participants representing local authorities, researchers, academic experts, international and regional organizations discussed regional priorities and challenges with respect to urban risk reduction as well

Activities

Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Following the Sendai Framework guidance, UNDRR Regional office for Arab States has organized several coordination meetings to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. The most recent declaration, the Tunis Declaration in 2018, which was adopted along with several stakeholder groups’ voluntary action statements, came out as the result of a series of successful coordination meetings. The aim of the bi-annual Arab Partnership for DRR meetings since 2017 has been to create a forum for technical and operational deliberation on the progress, challenges and gaps in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. These periodic discussions on the implementation challenges, gaps and solutions intend to inform the deliberations of the Arab Regional Platform conferences.

The last partnership meeting, held in December 2019 in Cairo, Egypt, took stock of progress, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Arab Region, specifically focusing on Target E of the Sendai Framework; and come up with agreed upon actions to accelerate progress. Participants also discussed identifying and scaling up innovative solutions towards climate risk management and integration of DRR and Climate Change in the SDGs.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNDRR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. UNDRR’s regional office works closely with National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen as they all need to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. 
 

Arab Regional Assessment Report on DRR (RAR)

The Regional Assessment Report is a starting point to address rapidly increasing disasters exposure in the Arab region towards addressing the challenges of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within a broad framework of sustainable development and poverty reduction. The regional assessment report highlights the risk scenario, drivers of risk and its trends and how to adopt approaches based on broad participation and partnerships and to address underlying drivers of risk, such as declining ecosystems, vulnerable rural livelihoods and badly planned and managed urban development. The RAR also highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction and the need to take risk informed decisions for sustainable development. RAR helps the national governments civil society and other stakeholders through strategic policy advice on how to address these challenges.

Sendai Framework Monitoring and DesInventar Sendai

The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions and contribute to Target E of the Sendai Framework related to development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. As of March 1, 2018, Member States can report against a set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG), to track progress in implementing the seven global targets of Sendai Framework as well as its related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, (11) and (13).

DesInventar Sendai implements all the Indicators and data required for the Monitoring of Targets (A) to (D) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which correspond to parallel Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) indicators from Goals 1, 11 and 13. Among many other new features, it also allows for the definition and use of Sendai Framework metadata to describe several indicators and allow a finer desegregation of data.